Summer Infant Slumber Buddy – Review and Giveaway!

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We have always been big fans of noise machines to aid sleep - both of our children haven't been the best sleepers, but we've never had problems in getting them off to sleep. They've both loved noises in their different ways - Max absolutely loved white noise, while Ben is more a fan of music, so I jumped at the chance to review the Hippo Slumber Buddy from Summer Infant - a lullaby playing nightlight in the form of the sweetest sleeping hippo you'll ever see! Routine is such a huge part of a smooth bedtime, and a few cues can really help to let your baby understand that it's bedtime now and soothe them to sleep.   The Hippo Slumber Buddy The Summer ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #67

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove linky! It was so lovely to read all of your posts last week, I really enjoyed reading them all and there were so many wonderful posts to choose our featured posts from. We had a short break down in Cornwall last week and it seems like you all had some lovely half term adventures, so I've gone with a bit of a holiday theme for this week's showcase. Are you getting ready for Christmas yet? For us, it's suddenly all about Christmas! Max asked me the other day, "It Christmas Eve tomorrow?" and was very disappointed that it wasn't! But for me it's all about the build up as much as the day itself and I ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase #67

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Showcase. I hope you enjoy our featured posts here and find some great new blogs to follow along the way. If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys! I seem to have gone for a bit of a holiday theme this week as so many of you have been ...

Lost in Motherhood

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I was walking past a mirror the other day and I caught a brief glimpse of my reflection and couldn't help but look back to have a proper look. These days I don't seem to get time to put on makeup, or do my hair, so I wanted to check that I didn't look too much of a state. But I looked back and did an almost comical double take - I didn't recognise the person staring back at me. She didn't look a state - hair was brushed, if not styled, she didn't have lipstick on her teeth - but it wasn't the image I have of myself in my head. She looked more tired, more drab, more frumpy, ...

Living Arrows 46/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   We've just got back from a short trip to Cornwall and I think this photo is one of my favourites. I love a beach, especially when it gets a bit colder - there's something about it being quieter, feeling the wind on your cheeks, and hearing the sound of the waves crashing in that makes it more beautiful for me. Max has taken a long time to warm up to the beach, but on our last two trips he's not been able to get enough of it - his goal this time was to build a trench that went all the way to the sea, ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #66

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove linky! Did you have a wonderful bonfire night? I took Max to his first ever fireworks display over the weekend and he absolutely loved it - the look on his face as the fireworks went off was absolutely priceless! Of course, now he's been running to the window to look ever time he hears one (and they don't show any signs of stopping - people around here are fireworks mad!) I hope you had a fun time too.   What's #SharingtheBlogLove all about? If you are new to Sharing the Blog Love it is a weekly showcase of our favourite posts that have linked up. It's a chance to introduce you to new blogs and to share the wonderful writing ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase #66

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Showcase. I hope you enjoy our featured posts here and find some great new blogs to follow along the way. If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys! The Rhyming Mum I'm not sure why it is that mums so often become the designated family photographers, but it happens to ...

Making it Through Cold Season When You Have A Baby In The House

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If there's a down side to the beauty of autumn, it's the number of germs that start floating about, just waiting to pounce on some unsuspecting person. And when you have a baby in the house, the thought of a cold can strike fear into even the bravest of souls. Suddenly your nights, which might have just about become bearable, become a series of attempts to calm your baby's crying, unblock their nose, and just ease their suffering a bit. I was kindly sent a gift box by Snufflebabe containing lots of goodies - some of which we've used for years, and some which were new to me. We've been getting lots of use out of them as we've all been ...

My Life is a Series of Unfinished Projects…

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Last weekend I achieved a major milestone. It may not seem much to you, but this little bookend DIY has been looming over me for months. We've been redoing Max's room to make it more of a little boy's room and this is one of the finishing touches. I've had all the parts ready and waiting - I bought the bookends from eBay, they just needed assembling, painting, and the little dinosaur figures put onto them. As DIYs go, it's not exactly the most demanding or time consuming. But it's taken until last weekend for me to have a spare minute to get around to painting them. And that's just one of the numerous unfinished projects that I have going on ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #65

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove linky! I hope you're having a good week so far, whether it's back to school for you, or if you've just started half term. We're off to Marwell Zoo today - I'm hoping it's nice enough weather that we still manage to see lots of animals. Max is excited to see the penguins, and I'm all about the giraffes!   What's #SharingtheBlogLove all about? If you are new to Sharing the Blog Love it is a weekly showcase of our favourite posts that have linked up. It's a chance to introduce you to new blogs and to share the wonderful writing that exists in the blogging world. All you have to do is link up your post, then Laura and I will ...